The coronavirus pandemic, and the restrictions that have come with it, have forced Basketball Ireland to call time on the 2020-21 season.

The decision was made following a meeting on Tuesday evening of the 10 national committees of Basketball Ireland with chairman Paul McDevitt and secretary general Bernard O'Byrne.

The organisation is hopeful that competitive basketball in some form can return between May and July.

Ireland's international sides are scheduled to compete in the FIBA European Championships in June and July, with Ireland’s men's side having home advantage in the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries in Limerick.

Reflecting on the decision to wrap up the season, O’Byrne said: "While it is disappointing to announce the end of our normal 2020-21 season, we hold out hope that we can get some competitive basketball underway during the summer months.

"Our target is now to open the 2021-22 season as normal in September, across all levels and all competitions."